Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct 5, 1890
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Bay City, October 4. - The new ocean steamship Mackinaw, built at Wheeler's steel shipyard, left port this afternoon for Buffalo, where she will be cut in two and then towed through the Welland Canal and thence to Quebec, where she will be riveted together and sent to New York to go upon the route between that port and Baltimore.
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- In 1889 F. W. Wheeler & Co., shipbuilders of West Bay City, Michigan, took a contract to build two ocean-going "tramp" type steamers for the Atlantic trade. The steamers, which were to be too large (291 ft. oa) for the Welland Canal, were built at the Saginaw River shipyard and then cut apart in the middle at Buffalo and towed to Montreal in two sections. Photos exist of one of the boats sitting at Wheelers with a large white line painted down her flank, marking the exact separation point. The novelty caused quite an uproar, and the newspapers covered every stage of the voyages of the MACKINAW and the KEWEENAW.
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- Oct 5, 1890
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- Dave Swayze
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- Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes